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Address: 689 Rutherford Road, Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone Number: +1 662-841-6438
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Housed in a 1937 dairy barn, Oren Dunn City Museum offers a unique view...

Housed in a 1937 dairy barn, Oren Dunn City Museum offers a unique view into our region's past. The museum's collection reflects the local and regional history of Tupelo and northeast Mississippi, focusing mainly on major milestones of agriculture, industry and local memorabilia. Examples include: the 1864 Civil War Battle of Harrisburg, the 1936 Tupelo Tornado, Hospital on the Hill, and a 1940's era model railroad of downtown Tupelo. In addition to the our permanent exhibits, Oren Dunn City Museum hosts seasonal exhibits, including but not limited to, the Annual Holiday Toy Exhibit in conjunction with the Lighting of the Museum and the Fossil Road Show & Geology Exhibit. We host two festivals each year: the Dudie Burger Festival, the first Saturday in May, and the Dogtrot Festival, the third Saturday in October. We host annual programs including Museum Summer Camp and Living History Days. Although the museum is closed on Saturdays, we provide special Saturday programming throughout the year. Check us out on the Oren Dunn City Museum Facebook page.

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Two museums for price of one.

Good history of Tupelo, but the veterans museum in back stole the show. Memorabilia from different wars also lots of nazi items as well as American items.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2014
Douglas C
Cookeville, Tennessee
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

If you have a little time and want to see some different things from old Tupelo, it is worth a visit. They have an interesting model train running, some old fire trucks, an old diner, and a small room with old medical and dental equipment that is scary/fascinating. Though not connected to Tupelo, there is a wonderful collection of Hollywood... More 

1 Thank John J
Lahaina, Hawaii, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

all the employees were extremely welcoming and went above and beyond in helping us to enjoy not only their museum but also their town!

1 Thank Ann B
Cookeville, Tennessee
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54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Good history of Tupelo, but the veterans museum in back stole the show. Memorabilia from different wars also lots of nazi items as well as American items.

3 Thank Douglas C
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

We arrived on a Monday, when it was officially closed but were fortunate to be let in anyway. The collection is really diverse so there's something to interest everyone, regardless of age . The veterans museum, accessed through the same entrance is excellent and contains extensive personal memorabilia from many wars. Fascinating stuff for anyone with an interest in either... More 

3 Thank Jennifer B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

We stopped by here and met Tony Lute, owner if the Veterans Museum, Kenny, owner of the old movie, circus, and magic show posters; it was a great history lesson and recommend if you're in Tupelo to visit because it has lots of great physical scenery of a world no longer known, especially to our children!

1 Thank Lissamerriman
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

West of town on Highway 278 and just past the Natchez Trace Parkway entrance road, take a left on Rutherford road. Right turn into Tupelo city park and the Oren Dunn City Museum. A very nice opportunity to see the way things were in early Tupelo and the area. Several nice outdoor exhibits and buildings. Of Special Note: DO NOT... More 

4 Thank Jaded-Bird
Midwestern, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Easy to find, free parking, nominal admission fee ($3), very interesting outbuildings. There is a Veteran's museum in the back which you can visit for free but they do accept and appreciate donations. The veteran's museum is owned by an individual collector. You would not believe the sheer quantity of items in there! The owner, Tony Lute, has another museum... More 

3 Thank stkn1
Lexington, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We loved the admission price, which also included the very interesting Veterans Museum attached to the Oren Dunn Museum. Staff was very friendly.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

I saw a brosure of this place when i was in tupelo and decided to stop and take a look. you cant beat the price ( $3.oo for adults.) There is also a vetereans museum behind the building thats free. out front there are a bunch of old buildings and trains. we spent quite a lot of time there and... More 

4 Thank kathys1977
batesville indiana
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2008

This museum has a lot of items on a lot of subjects. It would benefit greatly from more organization. The outside displays are a collection of misc artifacts which would benefit from more identification. Having said this, my wife and I spent 75 minutes here, but we tend to look at and read everything. This is a nice stop if... More 

3 Thank retiredtravel

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